(BPT) - This Father's Day, rather than sitting dear ol' Dad down and watching him unwrap a new necktie, try showing your appreciation in an unexpected way. Surprise him by spending a fun-filled day together enjoying his favorite activities. After all, doesn't the man who spent hours patiently teaching you to ride a bike deserve something special this year?
When planning out the perfect Father's Day, think carefully about his interests and hobbies. Find a carefree activity that will help you both unwind and catch up. Few bonding moments create lasting memories like a beautiful day of fishing. Consider spending a few hours catching fish and swapping stories to delight Dad with the perfect combination of action and relaxation. Mix in thoughtful gifts throughout the day and wow Dad with a mouthwatering meal as your grand finale and it will be one he won't soon forget.
Set the mood in the morning and get the excitement going by presenting Dad with a new Genuine Thermos Brand 1.2L Vacuum Insulated Beverage Bottle filled with piping hot gourmet coffee. The perfect accessory to bring along on a fishing adventure, the bottle features a durable stainless steel interior and exterior, which stays cool to the touch, even when holding hot liquids. The insulation will also keep beverages hot or cold for up to 24 hours, ensuring his drink stays fresh wherever he goes. Plus, a quick burst of caffeine will help him stay alert as he makes his first casts of the day.
As you're loading up the boat to head to Dad's favorite honey hole, be sure to include a cooler packed with energizing munchies made with wholesome and delicious Arla Dofino cheeses. Cut off lengthwise pieces of creamy, buttery Havarti in fun flavors like dill and jalapeño to create a hearty, easy-to-eat cheese snack (so he can keep his other hand on the fishing pole). Bring along buttery, rich and slightly sweet Gouda cheese to cut into bite-sized wedges or cubes that can take trail mix to the next level or pair perfectly with crisp fruit and whole grain crackers. You can also include a couple of wraps to have on hand for lunchtime: turkey with Havarti slices or roast beef with Gouda slices are two naturally good combinations.
Once on the water, watch Dad's face light up when he opens up his tackle box and finds it stocked with two of the hottest lures to hit the water in years. The new Rapala Shadow Rap Series will have Dad haulin' in hawgs like never before with an action the pros have dubbed 'the death quiver.' As a minnow is dying, it struggles, lunges in erratic jerking motions, then falls with a slow, quivering fade - just like the Shadow Rap. This dynamic, lifelike action keeps the bait in the strike zone longer than conventional jerkbaits, upping Pops' chances of hooking his target game fish.
Promising dramatic strikes with each twitch of the rod, the Shadow Rap swims in the 2-to-4 foot water column, while the Shadow Rap Deep targets fish staging 4-to-8 feet deep. Both models are ready for action with premium VMC hooks and 14 enticing color patterns. Available at sporting goods stores nationwide for less than $10, it's a small price for a big day of bonding with Dad.
When you get back on the shore after several hours of fishing and soaking up the sun, Dad's stomach is sure to be rumbling again. Feed his wild side by firing up the grill with Jack Link's Wild Side Sausages. Choose from flavors like Original Hardwood Smoked, a traditional sausage with a peppery kick or Hardwood Smoked with Cheddar, both made with premium cuts of beef and pork. Or you could give Dad the ultimate wild version of the classic bratwurst by grilling up Brats with Bacon Jerky. Yes, bacon jerky. It'll create the perfect ending to a fun-filled Father's Day that you've spent in the very best way - together.